Camouflage & Decals 32-01
Caudron CR.714; Morane Ms.406;Curtiss Hawk H75A
Książka z nowej serii: Camouflage & Decals.
W książce został opisany z dużą dokłądnością kamuflaż 3 samolotów z drugiej wojny światowej:
Książka zawiera wysokiej jakości kalkomanie (pełny zestaw łącznie ze znakami państowymi, do 3 opisanych samolotów w skali 1/32.
by Ray Mehlberger
Date of Review October 2010
In collaboration with Techmod decals, MMP/Stratus announces the first release in a new product line. “Camouflage & Decals no. 1” comprises a reference booklet of 16 pages, plus a sheet of high quality 1/32nd scale decals from Techmod, covering three fighter aircraft flown by Polish pilots in the Battle of France. These are: Caudron CR.714 c/n 8584 (I-242), GC 1/145 Morane-Saulnier MS.406 no. 907 (L-936), DIAP Lyon Curtiss Hawk H-75A-2 no. 125 (U-025), GC 1/5
The booklet is in soft cover of large 13 ½” x 9 ½” page format. It is shrink-wrapped and the decal sheet is inside packaged in a zip-locked cello bag. There is also a sheet showing the color boxarts of kits that MPM markets of the Special Hobby and Azur brands that these decals are designed to go on as alternates. There is to be a forthcoming duplicate booklet of these same decals, but in 1/48th scale.
For the Caudron CR. 714 there are 10 black and white wartime photos of the aircraft featured on the decal sheet. As well as 4-view color illustrustrations of it, including color chips. The markings and color of it are further discussed in the text.
For the Morane-Sulnier MS.406 there are 2 black and white wartime photos of the aircraft featured on the decal sheet. As well as 4-view color illustrations of it, including color chips. It too has the markings and color discussed in the text.
Finally, the Curtiss Hawk H-75A-2 has 9 black and white wartime photos of the aircraft featured on the decal sheet. It too has a 4-view color illustrations, a color illustration of a squadron badge, the color chips and text discribing things.
The decals are very well printed and in register.
Reviewer: Scott Van Aken
As you may recall, Mushroom Models Publications has done a number of books either on the Polish Air Force in WWII or on planes or units that have been flown by Polish pilots. This book/decal sheet covers three of those aircraft. The majority of photos of the aircraft covered on the sheet were photographed after the Germans had overrun the bases on which the planes were found and so many of the photos are of the aircraft in some level of disarray. However, there are enough photos to cover the aircraft quite well enough to do an accurate set of markings for them.
This book covers three French Air Force planes that were so documented. This particular sheet is 1/32, but a 1/48 version is also available, the only difference being the size of the sheet and the color of the cover of the book (blue for 1/48 and red for 1/32). The contents of the book are the same for both. These aircraft were all flown by PAF pilots during the Battle for France in 1940.
Each of the aircraft in question has a full write-up on the markings carried by the aircraft, information on its construction number, serial, unit codes and the like. There is also a write-up on the pilot of the aircraft and, of course, a lot of photographs and superlative and quite large four views of each aircraft along with a color chart. The side profiles are huge taking up most of the 13.5 inch landscape format provided with each page. Due to the size of the profiles, I cannot scan them to show you the three markings options, but you can get a good idea of what's available from the small image above.
The three aircraft covered are an Caudron CR.714 from GC 1/145 'Varsovie', a Morane-Saulnier MS.406 of DIAP at Lyon Bron (Polish training squadron) and a Curtiss Hawk H-75A-2 of GC 1/5.
The decal sheet itself is superbly printed by Techmod and has all of the markings and insignia for all three planes. The rudder stripes will need to be painted, at least on the 1/32 sheet. For kits, MPM/Special Hobby/Azure have kit already on the market or on the way for this sheet.
I have a Hawk 75 and MS.406 set aside for this sheet so you know that these will be put to good use. The CR.714 is listed as on its way so it should be released soon.
It is an excellent way to provide an interesting book along with an equally superb set of markings for the modeler. I hope that MMP does well with this idea and produces more like it. As a final note, the decals are not available separately.
Air Magazine 50 2011-04-15
By Jacob Russell
This new book by Mushroom Model Publications (MMP), produced in conjunction with Techmod Decals, is the first release in a new book series from MMP. "Camouflage & Decals No.1" consists of a reference booklet plus a sheet of decals from Techmod. This volume covers three fighter aircraft flown in the Battle of France by Polish pilots. The aircraft are:
Caudron CR. 714, s/n 8584 (I-242), GC 1/145
Morane-Saulnier MS. 406, No. 907 (L-936) DIAP Lyon
Curtiss Hawk H-75A-2, No. 125 (U-025)
The book includes photographs of all three airplanes, plus full color profiles showing the complete camouflage schemes and marking locations, plus Federal Standard (FS) numbers for all of the colors. The decal sheet is available in either 1/48th or 1/32nd scale, and the decal sheet is only available with the book. The decal sheet is of superb quality and includes all of the markings and stencils necessary to complete each aircraft. A nice additional touch is a full color tearsheet which shows available kits by MPM that can be used to model the three aircraft.
If you are a fan of French aircraft-and I count myself among them-then you will love this book and decal sheet. All 3 aircraft are quite attractive and they will make great additions to your collection-provided of course that you build in either 1/48th or 1/32nd scale. This book/decal sheet set is highly recommended, and I would like to thank Mushroom Model Publications for the review sample.
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS # 43146
This is a British product, the first of a series, providing a very nice set of 1/32 scale decals and an accompanying booklet, featuring three aircraft flown by Polish pilots flying with the French Armee de l’Aire during the Battle of France in 1940. Two versions of this issue exist, one in 1/32 scale and one in 1/48. The decal sheet and booklet are provided in one unit, and cannot be purchased separately.
The booklet, a rather large publication of 16 pages plus cover, measures 13 by 9 ¼ inches, and consists of detailed information on the colors and markings of each aircraft. A short history of the pilot and his operational career is included, and these make interesting reading. The booklet is filled with excellently reproduced photos, mostly from German sources, as many of the photos show Luftwaffe personnel examining the abandoned French aircraft.
The color drawings are in 1/32 scale, and show the aircraft in pristine form. I don’t have a copy of the 1/48 scale issue, but would suspect that the booklet would be smaller so that the drawings would be in 1/48 scale. Maybe a 1/72 scale issue would be smaller still.
The decals are by Techmod, and are in register with good color matches. They did especially well with the French Blue, which usually appears too dark in most decal issues. The lettering styles are also right on the money, and even the smaller stenciling is readable. These are very high quality decals, and they are packed in a plastic bag, so they shouldn’t dry out, even if stored for many years.
There are numerous kits listed in my Burns’ Kit Collector’s Guide for these aircraft in all of the major scales, although some of them appear to be rather expensive. These aftermarket decals would be very useful in building models of the described aircraft using the drawings and photos of the aircraft for reference.
This product is highly recommended and the website for MMP is, www.mmpbooks.biz
In collaboration with Techmod, Mushroom releases a new product line. Techmod is known for its high quality decals and the set offered is done in the same vein. Three French fighters are here offered in two scales, 1/48 and 1/32, the aircraft being the Curtiss H-75, Caudron CR.714 and the MS-406. Where Mushroom innovates is in the booklet which is included. It describes the camouflage and markings applied to each specific aircraft and illustrated by large size wartime photos of the aircraft, and full colour profiles in showing all aspects of the colours and markings. That’s without a doubt the thing to point out, because it helps the modeler a lot in completing its model very close to what the aircraft has been.
However there are some disadvantages. The first is probably the format chosen (33.5x24 cm), too big to be always practical to handle and to store. The second point and probably the main one is the mixture of three aircraft types so different from each other obliging anyone interested in any of the three models to purchase the full set. The Curtiss and the Morane belongs already to Techmodcatalogue, and may be an homogeneous set presenting the Curtiss, the Morane or the Caudron could have been considered as there are plenty references possible.
Whatever those disadvantages, this product remains a high quality product and I look forward to seeing the following products and what kind of good surprises Mushroom has in mind.
Fancy something a little out of the ordinary in 1/32? Well Bartolomiej and Teodor certainly think you ought to, and it is not such a bad idea either as they have produced a stunningly presented reference book which has a sheet of 1/32 decals to accompany the aircraft illustrated:
Caudron CR.714 “Cyclone” No.52 (c/n 8584, 1-242) –G/C “Varsovie”
Morane Saulnier MS.406 No 907 (L-936) – DIAP Lyon Bron
Curtiss Hawk H75A-2 No.125 (U-025) – GC 1/5
Also accompanying the book was a full colour ‘flyer’ depicting CMK Kits box art illustrations of the three aircraft featured, so whatever type takes your fancy, a 1/32 kit awaits your purchase and you can reproduce a type (or types) that is (are) depicted in the book. That Caudron looks nice!
Measuring 33.5cms x 23.5cms (landscape), this is a large and glossy paperback with just 16 internal pages, but what beautiful pages they are. Teodor Liviu Morosanu is the artist and he has produced some exquisite aircraft art in full colour to accompany the black and white wartime photographs. Each art illustration is accompanied by the relevant FS number colour call outs which is very helpful.
The ‘chapters’ on each type are headed;
Markings – Construction Number – Military Serial – Unit Codes – Matricule Militaire – Pilot and his mount.
There is useful reference material for the modeller under each heading.
An A4 sized decal sheet, protected by a self sealing clear plastic envelope contains markings for the three aircraft and has been printed by Techmod.
A magnifying glass examination reveals perfect register with clean and crisp lettering even on the smallest typefaces.
So what do we think?
I liked this book and the accompanying decal sheet. Having just returned from the Telford IPMS Scale Model World, I cannot recall seeing any of the above aircraft on display, so, as I said in the opening sentence, if you fancy something a little out of the ordinary, then this is a must buy publication.
Well done MMP books.
Overall: 9/10 Our thanks to Mushroom Model Publications for the review sample used here. To buy this item directly, click HERE. Peter Buckingham
Military Aircraft Monthly 10/2010 2011-04-15
AIR Modeller nr 33 2011-04-15
SAMI 12/2010 2011-04-15
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
F i r s t R e a d
Books that come with a decal sheet seem to be an emerging genre of late.
Mushroom Model Publications have joined the trend and have recently released a new series called Camouflage & Decals.
The first of their new series is issued in both 1/48 and 1/32 scale. That is two separate books with the same text but with different scale decal sheets.
The new book provides information (and decals) for three fighter aircraft flown during the Battle of France by Polish pilots. The individual aircraft are:
Caudron CR.714 c/n 8584 (I-242),
GC 1/145 Morane-Saulnier MS.406 no. 907 (L-936),
DIAP Lyon Curtiss Hawk H-75A-2 no. 125 (U-025), GC 1/5
Each option is treated to large four-view full colour drawings as well as period black and white photos.
The book is in landscape format and is a large affair too measuring 13 ½” x 9 ½”. It comprises 16 pages of glossy paper between thin cardboard covers.
The decals themselves have been produced by Techmod and come on a large sheet. They are thinly printed and in perfect register. The markings are complete and comprehensive with each option having its own set of national insignia. You are on your own for the tri-colour rudder markings as they have not been supplied in decal format.
The decal sheet comes packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
A first rate product from Mushroom Model Publications.